Life Is Sweet Movie Review 1990

Information and Film Reviews for Life Is Sweet the Movie

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The consuming passions of food and drink focus the lives of an oddball English working-class family beset by hopeless dreams and passions. Mother is always fixing family meals--in between helping her friend open a gourmet restaurant which features such revolting dishes as pork cyst and prune quiche. Dad is a chef who buys a snack truck and dreams of life on the road. Natalie and Nicola, the grown twins, eat their meals in front of the television but Nicola is also a bulimic who binges and purges on chocolate bars behind her bedroom door. (Note the chocolate scene between Nicola and her boyfriend). An affectionate, if sometimes unattractive, look at a chaotic family.


Baker & Taylor Inc., 2709 Water Ridge Pkwy., Ste. 500, Charlotte, NC 28217, Phone: (704)357-3500, Toll-free: 800-775-1800, Email:, URL:

Available on VHS
Running time 103 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Black Comedy, Family Drama, Edibles
Mike Leigh
Alison Steadman, Jane Horrocks, Jim Broadbent, Claire Skinner, Timothy Spall, Stephen Rea, David Thewlis
Mike Leigh


L.A. Film Critics 1991: Support. Actress (Horrocks); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1991: Actress (Steadman), Film, Support. Actress (Horrocks).

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